KUALA LUMPUR: No one should interfere with the decision of the Umno disciplinary board as it had been given the mandate by the supreme council to act independently, said Datuk Seri Najib Tub Razak.
“That is the decision of the board and we respect whatever decision it has made. The board works for Umno and to preserve the good name of the party,” he said.
He was commenting on the board’s decision to bar Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam from contesting in the party polls as well as various other punishments meted on 14 others.
Asked if the decision would result in retaliation from supporters, Najib said it was a risk the party had to take as it would be worse if the people rejected the party.
“We cannot have the cake and eat it. We have to decide what is it that we want. We want Umno to be seen as a clean party,” Najib said.
“So we realised that there is a risk to it, but there is a bigger risk if Umno is rejected by the people. We cannot afford that. Everyone has to sacrifice in the interests of the party.”
Asked why Mohd Ali was given a different punishment from Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who was suspended for three years after being found guilty of breaching the party’s code of ethics in the 2004 Umno elections, Najib said: “It is up to the disciplinary board to decide and it could be due to the different circumstances in the two cases.
He also explained that sometimes a politician could get into trouble not because of his own doing but that of his overzealous aides.
“Sometimes we do not bring problems to ourselves but it is the overzealous supporters and assistants that cause all sorts of problems that warrant such investigations,â€ he said.
Source : The Star